Undergraduate

English

Do you love reading and writing about literature? Do you dream of being a reporter at a newspaper or on television? Do you have a way with words? Then you belong in Assumption’s Department of English.

English Program

Program Tracks Available

Major, Minor


Admission Deadline

Early Decision: November 1
Early Action: November 1
Early Action II: December 15
Regular Decision: February 15


Degrees Offered

B.A.


Department

English, Interdisciplinary Studies, Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures

Program Contact

David Thoreen, Ph.D.

Professor of English
508-767-7583 Founders Hall - Room 227

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Program Curriculum

Faculty


Experiential Learning

Learn the Skills Employers Seek

Faculty/Student Research

The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment.

Study Abroad

At Assumption College, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.

Internships

Assumption starts planning for your future the day you arrive on campus. Our Career Development and Internship Center helps students secure exciting and fulfilling internships where you’ll apply knowledge obtained in the classroom in a professional setting, preparing for a future career or additional study. Assumption connects students to internship opportunities in corporations, government agencies, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more.

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

Explore the Rome Campus

Pathways to Success

Graduates majoring in English or Communication and Media work in a broad range of fields and professions, from television and radio broadcasting, journalism, advertising, publishing, and strategic communications to law and education.

The Grand Central Neighborhood Social Services Corporation

Churchill School and Center, New York City

Davis Publications

Peabody Essex Museum

Consigli Construction Company

MLB.com

Katherine Ventola

English 2020
Camp Coordinator, James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn

This experience will make me more prepared for my future career as a preschool teacher.

I’ve learned so much from this job including that all children are unique in their own ways. I am in charge of roughly 15 to 20 eight-year-olds every day and run various activities for them focused around science, English, and art.
Lauren Crockett

English 2019
Pursuing a Ph.D in English Literature at Boston College

The community is so welcoming while remaining intellectually challenging.

Assumption has always encouraged me to seek out resources and ask questions when I’m stuck on a problem. I feel that the perseverance I have acquired by learning how to find answers to difficult questions has prepared me to take on challenges wherever I find them.
Setarreh Massihzadegan

English 2004
Director of Digital Marketing, Massachusetts General Hospital

Assumption is a small college that offers big opportunities!

I honed my storytelling skills, learned the basics of marketing and communications, and felt supported to push myself. My professors and mentors were phenomenal. I learned the importance of hard work and building relationships, which is essential to my work today.
Ambar Rosas Sanchez

English 2019
Marketing Freelancer, Telemundo

Assumption exposed me to new and exciting opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible elsewhere.

I wanted to learn what it would be like to work in journalism, a field I’m very passionate about, and Assumption afforded me this opportunity. Professor O'Hara was a huge influence in my decisions. She believed in me and guided me towards my professional and personal goals.
Kathryn Graydon

English 2016
Interactive Media Producer, Boston College

The Broadcast Journalism and TV Productions classes taught me so much about my future career.

In my experience at the College and since I’ve graduated, I’ve also learned that it’s okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are something you learn from, so don’t be afraid to make them.

Shining their light

Katherine Ventola

English 2020
Camp Coordinator, James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn

This experience will make me more prepared for my future career as a preschool teacher.

I’ve learned so much from this job including that all children are unique in their own ways. I am in charge of roughly 15 to 20 eight-year-olds every day and run various activities for them focused around science, English, and art.
Lauren Crockett

English 2019
Pursuing a Ph.D in English Literature at Boston College

The community is so welcoming while remaining intellectually challenging.

Assumption has always encouraged me to seek out resources and ask questions when I’m stuck on a problem. I feel that the perseverance I have acquired by learning how to find answers to difficult questions has prepared me to take on challenges wherever I find them.
Setarreh Massihzadegan

English 2004
Director of Digital Marketing, Massachusetts General Hospital

Assumption is a small college that offers big opportunities!

I honed my storytelling skills, learned the basics of marketing and communications, and felt supported to push myself. My professors and mentors were phenomenal. I learned the importance of hard work and building relationships, which is essential to my work today.
Ambar Rosas Sanchez

English 2019
Marketing Freelancer, Telemundo

Assumption exposed me to new and exciting opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible elsewhere.

I wanted to learn what it would be like to work in journalism, a field I’m very passionate about, and Assumption afforded me this opportunity. Professor O'Hara was a huge influence in my decisions. She believed in me and guided me towards my professional and personal goals.
Kathryn Graydon

English 2016
Interactive Media Producer, Boston College

The Broadcast Journalism and TV Productions classes taught me so much about my future career.

In my experience at the College and since I’ve graduated, I’ve also learned that it’s okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are something you learn from, so don’t be afraid to make them.
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Discovery Day

A special visit opportunity for high school seniors! Experience the classroom environment at Assumption - see why our students thrive during their four years here. You'll also enjoy lunch in Taylor Dining Hall, meet members of the Assumption community and take a tour of campus! Register Today

Oct. 4, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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Hound Day

Be a Hound for the day! Interact with faculty and students, tour the campus, and enjoy a tailgate lunch in the end zone before cheering on the Greyhounds at a football game. While on campus, you can also join the fun of Assumption's Family Weekend Carnival! Register Today

Oct. 5, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Oct 20 Sun

Fall Open House

Learn more about living and learning at Assumption! Hear from a variety of campus community members, including faculty, current student and admissions representatives. Learn more about student clubs and organizations. Tour campus and enjoy lunch with us! Register Today

Oct. 20, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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Events

Oct 4 Fri

Discovery Day

A special visit opportunity for high school seniors! Experience the classroom environment at Assumption - see why our students thrive during their four years here. You'll also enjoy lunch in Taylor Dining Hall, meet members of the Assumption community and take a tour of campus! Register Today

Oct. 4, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Assumption College
Oct 5 Sat

Hound Day

Be a Hound for the day! Interact with faculty and students, tour the campus, and enjoy a tailgate lunch in the end zone before cheering on the Greyhounds at a football game. While on campus, you can also join the fun of Assumption's Family Weekend Carnival! Register Today

Oct. 5, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Assumption College
Oct 20 Sun

Fall Open House

Learn more about living and learning at Assumption! Hear from a variety of campus community members, including faculty, current student and admissions representatives. Learn more about student clubs and organizations. Tour campus and enjoy lunch with us! Register Today

Oct. 20, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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Career Paths


Internships

English majors are strongly encouraged to gain career experience and course credit through an internship in their field of interest during their junior or senior year. Internships for academic credit give students practical, hands-on experience, allowing them to explore their career choices before graduating.

The English Department at Assumption College offers internships at more than 70 professional sites in central Massachusetts and beyond. Students can intern with publishing companies, newspapers, magazines, nonprofit organizations, theaters, radio stations, television stations, political organizations, internet providers, public relations groups, and advertising agencies.


Professor Michael Land, Ph.D., Named New England Journalism Educator of the Year

The New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENOA) has named Associate Professor of English and Director of Assumption’s Community Service Learning Program Michael Land, Ph.D., New England Journalism Educator of the Year. The prestigious award recognizes a professor at a university or college in New England who performs outstanding work in preparing aspiring journalists and writers.

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